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Brilliant Beginnings-My Back to School Unit with giveaway!!!!!!

I have been working hard compiling all of my best Back to School ideas for my new unit on TPT.
  The unit's focus is on building community the first few weeks.  This important part of the year cannot be rushed if you want a class culture that focuses on caring, respect, understanding routines and knowing one another.  I ADORE getting to know the new people in our classroom every August and want everyone to know everyone and feel like they belong.  
Here are a few ideas from the unit:

The class books really create community and, as you can guess, they are VERY popular.  They are in book boxes all year because the kids are the star. 

You can get the unit here.


In celebration of summer, I am giving away TWO this week!!!  All you need to do is:

1- Follow my blog
2- Follow my TpT store (
4- Blog about the unit and giveaway on your blog!

Write me a comment here to let me know you've done all 3.  I will have the drawing on Friday, July 1st at NOON!  

About the Teacher Book

I also wanted to share this book which the parents and kids love to read:

The children like knowing about my life and when I tell a story about Emily, Nick, or Tom they have a face to put with it.
I put it out at Meet and Greet and then read it to kids as it is part of my ME Bag.  They read it all year round.  
I'd recommend trying it with your class and see if they don't love it, too.


  1. I can't imagine I'm the only one entering your giveaway!! I hope I'm entering on the correct post.

    I have done all three! I posted about your giveaway at First Grade Dual Surprises. Thank you so much!!
    Mireya yayaagu@aol.com

  2. I can't imagine I'm just the second!!! Very cute ideas! I cannot access TPT on my iPad, and I'm dying without it, although it is saving me a lot of money this summer! ;) So I'm hoping I have a chance even thou I cannot access TPT!

  3. Hi! I'm a follower of your blog and your Tpt store! I don't have a blog so I can't do #3. :o)


  4. Hi! I love your blog and your Tpt store! I don't have a blog but I told the girls I teach with to look at your TPT store!
    Thanks for sharing!